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Belisarius Productions is the production company for the creator Donald Bellisario.

1st Logo (December 11, 1980-May 1, 1988)[]

Logo: An in-credit text:

produced in association with
BELISARIUS
PRODUCTIONS, INC.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The end-title theme of the show.

Availability: Uncommon. Seen on  Magnum P.I. and Tales of the Gold Monkey.

2nd Logo (January 22, 1984- )[]

Nicknames: "Sand Lightstorm", "BELISARIVS-BELISARIUS", "The Belisarius Stone"

Logo: We see a wretched stone with sand on it, which blows off to reveal "BELISARIVS". Then, a flash suddenly appears, causing the background to turn black, the name to turn into "BELISARIUS" and the name in silver shining, and the word "PRODUCTIONS" to appear under "BELISARIUS". "BELISARIUS" is in a silver Times New Roman font.

Variants:

  • On the first two seasons of JAG and on NCIS, the words, "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" in all-caps or sometimes, "In Association With" appears under the logo. This is removed, making the logo normal on DVD prints of JAG starting with Season 3.
  • On HD prints of the two-part Quantum Leap episodes "Genesis", the logo's animation is zoomed in. Part 2 is in zoomed-in widescreen.
  • On HD prints of the original NCIS, a widescreen version of it also exists, it stretches the logo's animation while keeping the proportion of the IAW text intact. Also, the animation is a lot brighter.

FX/SFX: The name revealing, the flash causing the background and the name changing, and the word "PRODUCTIONS" to appear, the "BELISARIUS" name "shining". A mix of both live action and computer graphics.

Music/Sounds: "Air" is played in the background, then a "WHOOSH" is heard as the flash appears, and a synthesizer tone is heard after the "WHOOSH". Original NBC and CBS airings of JAG and CBS airings of NCIS use generic network music.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On HD prints of the Quantum Leap episode "Genesis: Part 2", a low-toned version is used.
  • On the enhanced variant, a "remastered" version of the audio is used throughout the sequence. Also EQ'ed and remixed in 5.1 surround sound.

Availability: Common. Seen on all shows produced by Belisarius from 1984 onward, including AirwolfQuantum Leap on Cozi TV, and NCIS on both CBS and USA. It also appeared on JAG and First Monday, the latter is no longer seen but the former is occasionally on H&I and occasionally aired on Cloo and Decades and is preserved on DVD.

Editor's Note: Despite the logo's animation being pristine for the '80s, its age really shows after over 39 years of use. It's also strange that a stretched VHS version of the logo is used on current shows when much higher quality versions exist on HD transfers of filmed shows such as Quantum Leap. It can announce that the enhanced variant will be expected to be currently appeared on newly upcoming seasons of shows in the future.

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